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post #1 of 6 Old 08-08-2013, 03:15 PM Thread Starter
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Well I'm pretty sold on getting myself a DL650. Quite probably an adventure model so I can finance some of the farkle. My question to all you that are much more experienced than I, centers around the fact that I live down a dirt road. I will most likely end up using the bike to commute which means appoximately 4 miles in the dirt every time it is taken out and brought home again. Sand, washboard, mud and snow. So the question is will the DL650 tolerate this? I plan on keeping up on maintenance schedules as best I can, I know that it's not a dirt bike, but do you think that the bike will stand up to this kind of daily abuse (for lack of a better word)? Thanks in advance for any replies.
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post #2 of 6 Old 08-08-2013, 03:35 PM
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Here are a couple of pictures from my commute. I used to have a 40 miles (each way) commute now it is a 50 (each way) commute.

My 2006 after one interesting commute home:



I did ride it almost daily on some gravel roads. My new commute can be more interesting. Here is how it looked last week when I got to work:



My 2006 has over 125,000 miles on it, my 2012 has over 39,000 miles on it.


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post #3 of 6 Old 08-08-2013, 05:30 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the reply. I felt fairly confident that the bike would tolerate it, but as a daily thing not an 'all day this weekend' in the dirt every once in a while; I had doubts. I'm pretty sure that top picture would warrant me kicking a kid out of their car and taking that instead. Thanks again.
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post #4 of 6 Old 08-09-2013, 01:27 AM
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With the right tires and the right rider, the wee can kick ass on gravel/dirt roads. Don't expect to be tearing up any single track though. I ride my wee at 70mph on loose gravel and dirt all the time. Deep sand can upset your apple cart quickly though. One thing to be careful of... when a 500 pound bike gets out of control or when you need to stop or slow down quickly on gravel or dirt, things can start to suck real bad! It has a LOT of inertia.

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why do so many riders consider gravel/dirt roads "off road"

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post #6 of 6 Old 08-10-2013, 07:07 PM Thread Starter
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Point taken Randyo. Technically it is a road. It's not like I'm going to be blasting through the brush. Should have titled it 'Off Pavement'. Thanks for the advice all. I will look into tire selection etc. There are a couple of places of relatively thick sand, but these can be gotten around without too much problem. Thanks again!
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